Northern Territory

Australia’s vast Northern Territory is a spectacular landscape of desert scenery, rugged mountain ranges and tropical wilderness, stretching from Darwin and the Top End to the awesome Red Centre.

  • Red Centre – most famous for Ayers Rock, or Uluru, an iconic monolith, sacred to the Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Look out, too, for the Olgas, Kings Canyon and the pioneer town of Alice Springs.
  • Darwin and the Top End – this ‘Crocodile Dundee’ region is a nature lover’s paradise of ancient rainforests, tumbling gorges and natural wetlands. There’s also wildlife and some amazing Aboriginal rock art.

You can explore the whole of Northern Territory or include the Red Centre or Top End in a longer Australian holiday.

Plan your holiday

Discover the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory is a vast wilderness of unmissable attractions and unique culture.

Combine a self drive or rail holiday with our exciting day tours and activities.

Things to do around Ayers Rock

Australia’s Red Centre is at the southern end of the vast Northern Territory. To get the most from your visit, consider a self drive or one of our Explorer packages that include all the attractions. You can always add a day or two for some extra excursions.

  • Watch sunrise or/and sunset over Ayers Rock
  • Wander through the domed gorges of the impressive Olgas
  • Dine under the stars at the Sounds of Silence outback dinner
  • Enjoy the wind in your face on a Harley Davidson ride around Ayers Rock
  • See the Red Centre from the air on a scenic flight or balloon ride
  • Admire the Field of Light installation
  • Trek the rim of magnificent Kings Canyon
  • Visit the informative Royal Flying Doctors Service at Alice Springs
  • Learn about the regions fauna and flora at Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Embark on a self drive adventure through the Outback
  • Lie back and admire millions of stars in the night sky
  • Learn about the region’s recent and ancient history and Aboriginal culture

Getting There

Getting to and travelling around the Red Centre is easier than you might think. The main attractions are connected by good sealed roads and, for the adventurous, there are plenty of 4-wheel-drive tracks.

By Road – Alice Springs is 290 miles from Ayers Rock, 930 from Darwin and 950 miles from Adelaide.

By Rail – Twice weekly from Adelaide and Darwin aboard the famous Ghan.

By Air – Regional flights to Alice Springs and Ayers Rock from most main cities.

Hotels & Experiences

Our diverse selection of places to stay in the Northern Territory are all chosen for their location and incredible value for money.
Add on a day tour or longer excursion to make your Australia holiday unforgettable.

Things to do around Darwin

Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory – a relaxed, easy-going city with a tropical climate and friendly locals.

Many of the Top End attractions can be explored by day tour from Darwin but, to fully experience the remoteness and beauty of the territory, consider an Explorer package, self drive or the adventure of a motorhome.

  • Explore the waterfalls and walking trails of Litchfield National Park
  • Shop for locally made souvenirs at Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
  • Sit back and enjoy a blockbuster at Darwin’s outdoor Deckchair Cinema
  • Relax aboard a sunset cruise through Darwin’s Harbour
  • Splash around at Darwin’s Wave Lagoon on the popular Waterfront
  • Watch for jumping crocs on the Adelaide River
  • Watch nature unfold aboard a cruise through Kakadu’s Yellow Water Billabong
  • Swim in the plunge pools of Kakadu’s spectacular waterfalls
  • Take a cultural journey to the Tiwi Islands
  • Cruise through the towering walls of Katherine Gorge

Getting There

Darwin is gateway to the Top End region. The city is compact and the town centre and waterfront areas are easy to explore on foot.

By Road – 930 miles from Alice Springs and 1880 from Adelaide along the, sometimes deserted, Stuart Highway.

By Rail – Twice weekly from Adelaide and Alice Springs aboard the famous Ghan.

By Air – Connecting international flights from and regional flights from Asia and most Australian cities.

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Northern Territory